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KEY TO SERVICES

 Services at No Charge (F)  Fee for Services ($)
 Sliding Scale (SS)  Insurance Accepted (I)
 Support Group (G)  Serving Berks County (B)
 Serving Lancaster County (L)  Hotline or Helpline (H)
 Appointment Necessary (A)  Drop-Ins Welcome (D)
 Multi-Lingual Services (M)  

ADD/ADHD Parenting Classes & Support Groups
Helping parents with ADD/ADHD, covering a variety of topics. ($, G, L)
3950 Columbia Ave., Columbia, PA 18512
717-285-9555

A.H.E.D.D.
http://www.ahedd.org
Assisting people with disabilities and students in transition in obtaining competitive employment through pre-employment, job development, job coaching and follow-along services. (B, A, M)
1150 Berkshire Blvd. Suite 160, Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-375-7692
1834 Oregon Pk., Lancaster, PA 17601
717-560-1000

Arc Alliance Advocacy Services
http://www.thearcalliance.org/what-we-do/advocacy-services/
The Arc of Montgomery, Berks, and Bucks counties provides Advocacy Services.
Advocacy’s role is to promote the individual and collective rights of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Advocates are trained to assist families on a variety of issues including decisions on education, vocation and residential living. Although advocates are not attorneys and cannot offer legal advice, they can offer a wide range of resources that include providing you with the necessary tools to become your own advocate. (B, A, F, $)
3075 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403-1538

610-265-4700

The Arc of Berks County
http://www.berksiu.org/arc
Advocacy support for persons with mental retardation including individual rights, special education, benefit issues, specialized services, information & referral and public awareness.
1829 New Holland Rd., Suite 9, Reading, PA 19607
610-603-1227

The Arc of Lancaster Co.
http://www.TheArcofLancasterCo.org
Supports individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families, and is a leader of advocacy and community education services in both Lancaster County and Pennsylvania. (L, $, F, A, D)
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601
717-394-5251

Autism Resource Center
http://www.lancaster.lib.pa.us/books-and-more/autism-resource-center/
Provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for individuals with Autism and for their families, teachers, and therapeutic support specialists. The center has hundreds of print, audio, and video materials on the subject of Autism for use both in the library and at home. It also provides computers equipped with Boardmaker software as well as materials for tactile manipulation for socialization and academic purposes. (B, L, F, D)
125 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-2651

Autism Society of Berks County
http://autismsocietyofberks.org
Providing education and support to parents and professionals regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder including PDD and Aspberger's Syndrome, offering monthly meetings, conferences, quarterly newsletter, autism email list and informative website. (F, $, G, B, L, H, D)
P.O. Box 6683, Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-736-3739

Berks County Learning Disabilities Assn.
http://www.bclda.org/
Offering support and information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, plus a summer tutoring program for elementary school children. (F, $, B, L)
P.O. Box 6894, Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-988-8457

Best Buddies
www.bestbuddies.org
Best Buddies enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.  They are the first unified, international program that pairs individuals with intellectual disabilities and college or high school students in one-to-one mutually enriching relationships.
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 701, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-569-0069

CHADD
http://www.CHADD.org
Information and support about ADHD and related issues. (F, B)

Connect Early Intervention Services

Statewide information/referral helpline covering all aspects of child development and early intervention. Direct referrals for children to be evaluated, information on regulations & social services. (F, G, B, L, H, M)
150 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109
800-692-7288

Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Services
Offers testing for hearing problems, aid for deaf and hard of hearing including hearing aids, assistive devices, sign language classes, sign language interpreting, information, advocacy and referral. (F, $, B, L, M)
201 W. Wyomissing Blvd., West Lawn, PA 19609
Voice: 610-685-4520
Text Telephone: 610-685-4525

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601
http://www.dhhslancaster.com
Voice or Text Tele: 717-291-1839

The Down Syndrome Support Group of the Susquehanna Valley, Inc.
www.susquehannadssg.org
Offers support, guest speakers, social events throughout the year for the entire family, information to parents, professionals and individuals with Down syndrome. Meets the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 8:30 pm, child care is provided on site. (F, L)
Hempfield United Methodist Church
3050 Marietta Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-393-4455

Early Intervention Program
http://www.iu13.org
Serving children ages 3 - 5 with special needs, including those with learning, physical or vision problems, speech/language difficulties, behavioral/emotional problems or developmental delays. (F, L)
Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13
1110 Enterprise Rd., East Petersburg, PA 17520
717-569-7331

Exceptional Children Services (ECS)
http://www.iu13.org
Providing support services to students with special needs, including audiological, vision/hearing impaired, extended school year, interpreting/translation, job training, orientation/mobility, speech, language, occupational and physical therapy. (F, L)
Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13
1110 Enterprise Rd., East Petersburg, PA 17520
717-560-4692

Helping Hands, Inc.
http://www.helpinghandsinc.com
Providing supportive programs for individuals and families impacted by developmental disabilities. ($, G, B, A)
415 Hoffmansville Rd., Bechtelsville, PA 19505
610-754-6491

IM ABLE Foundation
http://www.getupandmove.org
Foundation exists to remove obstacles that prevent persons affected by disabilities from being physically active. Organization recently spearheaded the installation of the first adaptive playground in Reading at Opportunity House, 430 N. 2nd Street. The playground is open to children of all abilities.
Opportunity House
430 N. 2nd Street
Reading, PA 19601
610-374-4696
IM ABLE Foundation
484-256-2217

Job Search Assistance
http://www.berks.lib.pa.us/
Boone, Mifflin, Reading, and Womelsdorf libraries offer special job search services: skill assessment tools, information about the job market and about financial aid for re-training, job search related materials, computers for use in your search, classes in resume writing, etc., and CareerLink connections
Boone Area Library
129 N. Mill Street
Birdsboro, PA 19508
610-582-5666
Mifflin Community Library
6 Philadelphia Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607
610-777-3911
Reading Public Library
100 S. Fifth Street
Reading, PA 19602
610-655-6350
Womelsdorf Community Library203 West High Street
Womelsdorf, PA 19567
610-589-1424

Joni and Friends
http://www.joniandfriends.org
Working with churches for disability ministry, family retreats for families with disabled family members, used wheelchair collection, support groups for people affected by disabilities. (F, $, G, B, L, D)
5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA 17520
717-509-6170

The Lancaster County Autism Support Group
Providing support for parents whose children are autistic, including advocacy, guest speakers, monthly newsletter and an avenue for parents to help each other, offering free child care at meetings. (F, G, L)
Meeting at Mount Calvary Evangelical Church
308 E. Petersburg Rd., Lititz, PA 17543
717-664-4117

Lancaster County Down Syndrome Support Group
http://www.hempfieldchurch.org/Caring
For parents to talk about their children and help them grow, meeting the 4th Fri. month Aug. - Oct. & Jan. - May, offering guest speakers and annual family picnic. (G, L, D)
2195 State St., E. Petersburg, PA 17520
717-569-6227

Lancaster County Early Intervention
https://www.humanservices.co.lancaster.pa.us/EI_home.asp?nav=EI
Early Intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who may have developmental delays. Provides individualized plans for families to assist their child during daily activities at home and in the community. EI is of no cost to families. (L, F, M)
150 North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-399-7323

Learning Disabilities Assn. of Lancaster Co.
http://www.ldanatl.org
Offering support and information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, plus referrals to services. (F, G, L, H, A)
717-394-5452
717-665-5836

Learning Disabilities Support Group
Offering advice to parents of children with learning disabilities, networking with other groups and promoting the needs of children with learning disabilities.
717-665-5065
717-665-5826

NICHCY
, National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities
http://www.nichcy.org/
NICHCY is the national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues. Anyone can use our services - families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). (F, $, M)
P. O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013
800-695-0285

New Life Assistance Dogs
http://www.udservices.org/newLife.asp
Training service dogs to enable persons with physical disabilities to live more independent and meaningful lives, helping overcome architectural, service, and cultural barriers of society. (B, L)
1901 Olde Homestead Ln., Lancaster, PA 17605
717-397-1841

Occupational Development Center
http://odcenter.org/odchistory.html
The Mission of the Occupational Developmental Center is to provide high quality and cost effective not-for-profit vocational training and employment opportunities for Lancaster County adults with developmental disabilities. (LC, A, F & $)
640 Martha Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601

717-397-4269


PA's Initiative on Assistive Technology
http://disabilities.temple.edu
Provides information, referral, training and advice regarding funding for assistive technology. Also manages PA's statewide Assistive Technology Lending Library, for loans and devices. (F, B, L, H)
Institute of Disabilities at Temple University
423 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore St., Phila., PA 19122
800-204-7428
215-204-1356 TTY

Parent-To-Parent of PA
http://www.parenttoparent.org
Network created by families for families of children with special needs, connecting families in similar situations so they may share experiences, offer practical information and/or provide support. (F, B, L, H)
800-986-4550
717-397-0759

Prospectus/Berco
http://www.prospectusberco.org
Providing residential, vocational and family supports for people with disabilities, including summer camp, foster care, temporary respite, in-home supports, senior day program and senior home support. (B).
131 N. 9th St., Reading, PA 19601
610-372-4637

Shreiber Pediatric Rehab Center
http://www.schreiberpediatric.org
Providing physical, occupational and speech therapy, preschool and recreational programs to children with disabilities and developmental delays. (SS, I, G, L, A)
625 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603
717-393-0425

Sibling Support Group
http://www.TheArcofLancasterCo.org
Offers opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. (F, G, L)
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601
717-394-5251S.

S.June Smith Center Infant/Toddler Program
http://www.sjunesmith.org
Providing early intervention services at home, childcare or other community setting for children to age 3 meeting eligibility requirements, as per their individualized family service plan. (F, L)
600 Eden Rd., Bldg. 1, Lancaster, PA 17601
717-299-4829

The Special Kids Network
http://www.health.state.pa.us/skn
Trained telephone counselors providing information and referrals on education, health care products/services, social services/counseling, support/advocacy and therapy for families of children with special needs. (F, B, L, H, M)
1901 Olde Homestead Ln., Lancaster, PA 17605
800-986-4550

Spina Bifida Association of Greater PA
http://www.geocities.com/sbaofgpa
Serves individuals born with Spina Bifida, their families and caregivers with financial assistance, outreach, equipment loan, monthly newsletters, library, conferences and community programs. (F, G, B, L, D)
209 E. State St., Suite B, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-786-9280

Stuttering Foundation of America
http://www.stutteringhelp.org
Providing resources, services, support and helpline for those who stutter and their families as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. (F, G, B, L, H, D, M)
800-992-9392

Supportive Concepts for Families
http://www.supportiveconcepts.org
Providing programs to improve the quality of life of mentally challenged adults and children. ($, B, L, H, D, M)
200 Penn St., Reading, PA 19602
610-372-7712
888-686-SCFF

Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
http://www.trsinc.org
Vocational, social, educational and residential services for adults with a disability. (F, B, M)
1000 Lancaster Ave., Reading, PA 19607
610-777-7691

United Disability Services
http://www.udservices.org/site/c.9hKPI6MGIfI0E/b.7896405/k.6D43/Personal_Care_Home_Medical_Equipment_and_Disability_Services_in_PA.htm
Website provides links through its “Independent Living Resource Center,” “Home Medical Equipment,” “Home Modifications,” and “Services” tabs that includes a Service Dogs Program, Custom Wheelchair Seating, Employment Services, a Transition School, and fun programs, such as Football & Cheerleading. (L, A, F, $)
1901 Olde Homestead Lane
PO Box 10485
Lancaster, PA 17605
888-837-4235

Variety Club Camp
http://www.varietyphila.org
Providing year-round & summer recreational programming for children with special needs, including camp, baseball, tennis, swimming, soccer, karate, basketball, weekend retreats, arts & crafts, dance, music. ($, I, B, L, D)
2950 Potshop Rd., Worchester, PA 19490
610-584-4366

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